Where I board, the people are very nice, but the condition/maintenance of the place worries me. First of all, when my friend and I brought our horses, the owner (let's call him Jay, not his real name but I don't want to name names
) said he had 2 open stalls. When we got there, it turned out that the '2 stalls' were actually a foaling stall with probably an 8' panel in the middle separating it into 2 stalls (they probably measure 8'x10'). The buckets in both stalls are severely cracked and misshaped, and hung by a rusty wire on a hook. The stalls only get cleaned once or twice a week, and every time I go in there it's literally soaked and all I see is poopy hay.
They only get fed once a day, and the grain and hay are both made at the farm, so it's really good quality, but just the fact that they only get it once a day… They get out to the pasture whenever the weather is good, and if it's good they will stay out all night (I don't mind that, Duchess likes being in the pasture over a stall). The condition of the pasture bothers me, however. The top part is about 1 acre, and at the very top by the gate, there are huge, random concrete slabs with drop offs up to 2' that go down to 1+' of mud. Then in the middle of the first acre, there are a bunch of assorted sized rocks (from giant and slippery to tiny enough to stick in the tiny crevices of her hooves and make her uncomfortable). Throughout the top and middle part of the entire pasture (which probably adds up to about 4-5 acres), there's always at least a foot of mud and poop. Now since it's winter, the ground freezes and there are holes with up to 6 inch diameters and a foot deep. There are probably 12 horses in Duchess' pasture, and there is always at least one fight going on every time I go out. She has gotten a lot of cuts/scars since we've been there (we moved on Halloween, and today is December 21). Since she obviously gets picked on, I'm afraid that one day she is going to get picked on and try to get away and hurt her leg falling into a hole/getting it stuck in the mud. I've seen her trip in the field one time being chased by a horse, and I was sincerely concerned that she could be hurt. Sometime after Christmas I am moving her as soon as possible. Do you guys think I'm overreacting about her situation or are my actions/worries appropriate?